As the rainy season in Senegal rapidly approaches, CREATE! field technicians and cooperative members are preparing for their annual tree planting campaign. As soon as the rains begin, cooperative members will work with CREATE! staff to plant the trees in garden sites, near schools and mosques, and within the yards of family homes.
Cooperative members have been caring for tree seedlings in nurseries within their garden sites for the past several weeks. For the first time, CREATE! staff were able to source cashew and morenga seeds from trees growing in the Diender and Fass Koffe garden sites. Technicians acquired the reminder of the seedlings from the Senegalese government.
Cooperative members will plant more than 19,000 tree seedlings during this rainy season! Trees provide shade, moderate temperatures, and produce fruit and nuts. They can also serve as windbreaks and living fences in community garden sites. In the future, community members can also harvest firewood from these trees.
Khalipha Ndiaye, while assisting with the tree nursery program in Fass Koffe, notes “from CREATE!, I now know the usefulness of trees in nature.”